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Navy Honors Former Senators With Upcoming Destroyers

The U.S. Navy has named upcoming Arleigh Burke-class destroyers after former senators Jeremiah Denton and Ted Stevens. The USS Jeremiah Denton takes the name of a Vietnam war veteran who represented Alabama as a U.S. senator, the Navy said Friday.
 

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General Dynamics Shipyard Hosts Launching of Future USS Lyndon B. Johnson Destroyer

The U.S. Navy launched the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson on Sunday at the General DynamicsBath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine, the Naval Sea Systems Command said Monday. The multi-day launching saw the Zumwalt-class destroyer transferred from a land-level platform to a dry dock where fine-tuning operations will take place once the dock is flooded and the ship is afloat on the Kennebeck River.

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Navy Activates 66th Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer

The U.S. Navy has commissioned DDG 116 or USS Thomas Hudner, the service branch's 66th Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. The branch said Monday it commissioned the ship on Saturday during a ceremony in Boston where Thomas Hudner III, son of the vessel's namesake, gave a speech.

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Mitre Study Suggests Navy Needs 414 Ship-Fleet

A new Mitre study says the U.S. Navy needs a fleet size of 414 combat ships that would include 160 destroyers and cruisers, 72 attack submarines and 14 aircraft carriers, Breaking Defense reported Friday. Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. writes Mitre’s 15-year shipbuilding plan for the Navy would cancel the Littoral …

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NBC News: Iranian Navy Test-Fires Rockets Near USS Harry S. Truman

Two U.S. military officials have said the Iranian navy conducted a live-fire test of its rockets approximately 1,500 yards from the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz Saturday, NBC News reported Tuesday. Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube write the Iranian Revolutionary Guards test-fired several unguided rockets …

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Report: $3.5B U.S. Navy Destroyer On Schedule, On Budget

The construction of the $3.5 billion Zumwalt, set to be the U.S. Navy’s largest destroyer ever built, is on time and on schedule, The Associated Press reported on Oct. 20. David Sharp writes that the Zumwalt’s christening last week was cancelled due to the federal shutdown but is expected to …

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